Deputy Secretary of State
As Deputy, Leslie jointly directs daily operations responsibility for the divisions of Archives, Audits, Corporations, and Election, under the Secretary. She will serve closely with the Secretary, providing leadership and oversight to these divisions, as well as providing guidance for the Agency’s supporting services. Leslie’s private and public work experience of over 35 years includes significant business, educational, information technology, and management-related experience in multiple western states including Alaska, Montana, Washington, California, and Oregon. She will focus on helping improve Agency services for all Oregonians. Leslie received her Bachelor of Arts in Management Information from Eastern Washington University and her Master of Business Administration and Ph.D. in Leadership — both from Gonzaga University. In addition, she holds professional certifications in security (ISC2 - CISSP) and project management (PMI – PMP). Most recently she helped establish security, risk management, and quality programs to help protect and improve Oregon citizens’ health and employment related services. Leslie grew-up in Oregon enjoying farm life and animals. She was thrilled to return with her family to Oregon in 2008 and is now able to enjoy this wonderful state’s many blessings. With an adventurous spirit and a heart for sharing her varied experiences with others, she pens stories in her prolific series of children’s books.
Chief of Staff
As Chief of Staff, Deb leads the Secretary’s Executive Office, supervising staff and coordinating the administrative functions of the Office. In addition, she serves as the Secretary’s liaison to the divisions of Business Services, Human Resources and Information Systems. Deb worked in Washington, D.C. for 15 years as a congressional and White House staffer, legislative analyst, and writer. She subsequently owned and operated a small business providing planning, policy, and strategy consulting to the Department of Defense. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Strayer University and a Master of Science in State and Local Government Administration from the University of Maryland - Go Terps!
Special Assistant to the Secretary
As Special Assistant to the Secretary of State, Eric is a key advisor and planner, managing special projects and serving as liaison between the Secretary and more than 200 employees within the Agency’s divisions. In the 15 years before joining Secretary Richardson’s executive staff, Eric worked in various management roles within the private sector, spending the last eight years in the healthcare industry. Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Business from Brigham Young University. He is also a trained and certified group facilitator in leadership and organizational development. Born and raised in Oregon, Eric and his wife, Maguivil, who is from the Dominican Republic, have four very spirited children. Eric is a lover of people and enjoys listening to and learning from everyone he meets. Eric is fluent in Spanish and spent two years during college living and working alongside the people of Guatemala. Eric continues to learn from and serve the Hispanic community.
Governmental and Legal Affairs Director
As Governmental and Legal Affairs Director, Steve coordinates the work of the Secretary of State's Office with the legislature and other governmental entities. He focuses on policy, budget, legal issues, regulations, and coalition building. Steve is a fourth-generation Oregonian and a member of the Oregon State Bar. He received a Juris Doctorate Cum Laude from the University of Arizona’s Rogers College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Patrick Henry College. Before joining the Richardson executive team, Steve worked in both the Oregon Senate and the United States Senate. He is an experienced attorney and has argued cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Arizona Supreme Court. Steve is a long-time bicycle commuter who enjoys board games, hiking, and spending time with his wife Sonja and their friends and family.
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As Communications Director, Michael is responsible for sharing important information with Oregon residents, the news media, stakeholder groups, and those involved with local and state government. Michael serves on the Richardson executive team as spokesperson for the Secretary and promotes cohesive internal team communication within the Agency. A fourth-generation Oregonian, Michael was born and raised in East Multnomah County. He began his career as a broadcast journalist and then started a successful small business. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon in Journalism & Digital Media. He is a technology enthusiast, drives an electric vehicle, and cares deeply about sustainable fish/wildlife-based recreation. He enjoys hiking with his wife Kathryn, a public school teacher, and their dog Caesar.
Citizen Engagement and Inclusion Coordinator
As Citizen Engagement and Inclusion Coordinator Larry serves as the Field Director and Special Advisor to the Secretary on issues of minority voter and business access, equity and diversity, and promoting civic engagement and education. Larry is the youngest elected official in the City of Troutdale's history and the first person of color to serve on its City Council. He studied radio broadcasting at Mt. Hood Community College before attending Wheaton College, where he studied Latin and History. Larry loves working with people with diverse backgrounds and heritages and was selected to lead an American student delegation to Israel sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Larry enjoys spending his free time with his two dogs, Russell Wilson and Percy Harvin.